I’ll share case studies and discuss:
testing infrastructure – one of the most valuable ways you can sponsor an open source project is through your ops department.
money – whether you go with Tidelift or another sponsorship option, direct donation can move the needle.
secondary mentorship – you can help new contributors get situated and stay unblocked.
coaching and cheerleading – I’ll talk about a time when being an encouraging sidekick made a huge difference.
Sumana Harihareswara is a project manager, programmer, and standup comedian who leads a consultancy to help open source projects level up. She led the rollout of the new PyPI.org, and has worked on Zulip, HTTPS Everywhere, Mailman, MediaWiki, and several other open source projects. Most recently she has managed improvements to pip's dependency resolver and user experience, and has expedited the release of new versions of pipenv and Autoconf. She's working on a book to teach what she's learned about rejuvenating legacy open source projects. She earned an Open Source Citizen Award in 2011 and a Google Open Source Peer Bonus in 2018, and participated in Recurse Center in 2013 and 2014. She lives in New York City and founded Changeset Consulting in 2015.